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By Margaret Truman

Random House, July 2000 (HC, 314 pages)

Reviewed by Shirley H. Wetzel

A man sees his family off for a short trip; a short time later a fisherman watches their plane blow up in mid-air. The same thing happens in two other cities in the same morning, and eye witnesses report that at least two of the crashes was caused by a missile.

In Washington, D.C., the government scrambles to find out who is responsible for the crimes before it happens again.

The missiles are of Russian manufacture. Max Pauling, a State Department investigator, travels to Moscow to find out who sold them, and who bought them.

At the same time, Washington Post reporter Joe Potamos gets a lead on a story which may implicate our Canadian friends. His investigation brings him into conflict with the government.

Pauling's lady friend, Jessica Mumford, becomes involved through her ex-husband, an F.B.I. agent who's been under deep cover in an Idaho militia camp.

All the strands of the story eventually intertwine and head for an explosive climax.

While Truman's prose can sometimes be stilted, there's lots of good description and insider information about how our government might handle such a crisis.

There are over 15 titles in this series. MURDER AT THE WATERGATE has also been reviewed.

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